Title: Champion Summary: Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people. Directed by: Mark Robson Actors: Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell Production Company: Screen Plays Release Date: 20 May 1949 (USA) Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Midge Kelly, hitchhiking west with lame brother Connie, is hustled unprepared into a pro boxing match. Though he's severely beaten, manager Tommy Haley finds him promising. Arrived in California, Midge and Connie find nothing but a menial job from which Midge gets relief by seducing Emma, a lovely young waitress. One shotgun marriage later, ambitious Midge falls back on the only option he knows: boxing. Seduced by cheering crowds, money, and a succession of blondes, Midge becomes more and more of a hero in public...and a heel in private.